News and information about the Friargate area of Preston, Lancashire. Friargate is a key corridor between the city centre and the university campus, home to many shops and a growing amount of student flats.

Live action horror experience opens in Preston City Centre

Fire dancer outside Fear Factory Live on the opening night A live action horror experience has launched in Preston City Centre. Fear Factory Live, which is based in Gateway Bar in Friargate, is described as “scare maze meets immersive theatre”. […]

6 months ago
Wilko in Preston city centre closes

Wilko in Friargate Pic: Paul Ridyard Wilko has closed its doors in Preston city centre after the firm fell into administration. The Friargate store had its final day of trading on Tuesday (3 October). The shutters […]

6 months ago
Lancashire County Council issues Friargate development update

Friargate Pic: Lancashire County Council Lancashire County Council has issued an update on the Transforming Friargate North and Ringway scheme. Work to pedestrianise Friargate began in May 2022, and was originally scheduled to finish in March […]

7 months ago
Fino Tapas bring in new Autumn and Winter menu

The Fino menu has been an overhaul since the Rowlands took control of the restaurant Pic: Nick Elsby Fino Tapas food and wine menu has been undergoing some changes since the Rowlands family took it on as part of their hospitality businesses.

7 months ago
Advertisement Advertisement Friargate frustration as promised autumn reopening date slips to ‘in time for Christmas’

Roadworks in Friargate Pic: Blog Preston A Friargate business has expressed frustration after the street’s reopening date slipped yet again. Work to pedestrianise the street as part of the Transforming Friargate North and Ringway scheme began […]

7 months ago
Adult store in Friargate to close blaming roadworks and ‘anti-car’ policy

Softys has decided to close in Friargate Pic: Alan Essex An adult and sex shop in Preston city centre has decided to close blaming long-running roadworks. Softys which has traded for two-decades in Friargate is in the process of shutting. […]

7 months ago
Roper Hall in Friargate set to reopen with axe throwing and more

The bar in Roper Hall Roper Hall in Friargate is set to reopen after its sudden closure earlier this year. The venue will relaunch as a place to drink, eat, dance and play. Activities available […]

8 months ago
Two Wilko stores in Preston face uncertain future

Wilko's store in Friargate Pic: Tony Worrall Two Preston shops face an uncertain future as Wilko appears to be close to entering administration. The homeware retailer has stores in Friargate in Preston city centre and also at […]

8 months ago
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